Framed-Arts.com is pleased to offer you several options for framing and displaying your custom art. We offer custom framing for classic prints, giclees and museum wrap canvas. Framed-Arts.com uses only solid wood frames and acid free mats when crafting your custom framed pieces. Solid wood is universally recognized as the best material for custom framing, and acid free mats prevent damage and discoloring of the art for many years. Framed-Arts.com also offers non framed, dry mounted prints and gallery wrap canvas. Gallery wrap canvas is a style which displays a portion of the image on the edges of the art, and custom framing would cover this view. Dry mounting is an attractive, low cost option for displaying your art and preserving the appearance. Several of our options offer protection from harmful UV light, which is the major culprit behind yellowing and loss of brightness.
Framed-Arts.com will begin creating your custom framed art by following your design choices of mat color, special corner cuts, frame and glass. Your print (giclee) is first mounted from the rear side on a rigid, light weight foam core to give it support and to prevent sagging over time. A special adhesive layer is placed between the light weight foam core and your chosen print. The three sandwiched layers are placed in a heated press for up to 5 minutes, with the heat and pressure activating the adhesive layer, bonding the artwork to the foam core. Upon cooling, your artwork appears to be printed directly on the foam core support, with no trace of the adhesive layer visible. The dimensions of your mounted print are carefully measured and the mat you’ve chosen is cut to fit the artwork. The dimensions of the inside edge of the mat, ‘the opening’, is cut to fit the size of your print. The dimensions of the outside edge depend on your design choice of ‘mat reveal’. When you choose a mat in the design process, you are asked to decide on a ‘larger’ or ‘smaller’ mat. The size you choose sets the amount of mat you see, the reveal. The outside edge of the mat determines the size of the frame we need to create for your artwork. All our frames are made of solid wood, ensuring a lifetime of strength and beauty. Great care is taken to maintain the precision and accuracy of the saws used to cut your frames. The frames are joined using a machine called an underpinner, and the underpinner holds the corners at exact right angles while driving a v-shaped nail from the under side. This method of joining frames offers superior strength and precision. The slightest imperfection in cutting and joining the frame corners will be obvious and diminish the beauty of your custom framed art. Next, the glass is set in the frame in a specially cut space on the inner edge of the wood (the rabbet). Finally, the foam core mounted artwork is placed in the rabbet behind the glass, secured by framer’s pins, and sealed with a dust cover. All our display options are delivered with the appropriate hardware to simplify the hanging process.